Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. (Romans 13:1)
What Are We Saying With Our Decals?
Most Christians are aware of Romans 13 and most Christians understand that this passage states that we are to obey the governing authorities because God has put them in place.
However, it seems as though many Christians (if we are to judge by the decals on the bumper) do not care what the authorities say…at least on the roadways.
I have begun keeping count each day on my way into work and home from work. I bet at least a dozen fishies fly by me on my 12 mile journey from home to work or work to home.
Admittedly, I do not always adhere to the speed limits, but I am at least aware of the speed limit and adjust my speed accordingly whenever I catch myself going over the limit. What makes it worse here in Louisville is many of these vehicles have seminary parking stickers on them as well! I really wonder what kind of witness we are giving to those around us.
Must We Be Convicted?
Now, I confess that I used to think that the more people I passed on the road in my pick-up truck, the more people I would “witness” to with my “Real Men Love Jesus” bumper sticker.
However, I, too, was convicted that my speeding was wrong. I guess my real question problem is why do we need to be convicted that breaking the speed limit is wrong? Why can’t we just look at Romans 13 and realize that this also includes obeying the speed limit?
Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment . . . Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. (Romans 13:2, 5)
One Said blogger, Todd Young, wrote a post on how this has worked out for him since he began to make a concerted effort to obey the speed limit due to a John Piper sermon he listened to on his way into work. I call attention to him not to single him out but because he is a friend of mine and I have been exactly where he is in these two posts regarding this issue.
I almost made the comment, “Yeah, it is amazing that there would be a benefit to obeying God” on Todd’s most recent post. Then I remembered that I, too, needed convicting. I guess I am always amazed at how easily we can rationalize sin (yes, I believe speeding is sin because of the Romans 13 passage) and go along with the flow and think everything is alright. May it never be!
I realize some call this meddlin’ but it seems to me that we all (myself included) need to think before we try to witness with our bumper stickers. My prayer is that those who call Christ Lord and Savior will begin witnessing to other drivers, not as I had done by speeding, but by our standing in stark contrast to the rest of the world by obeying the laws.
Even more, I would pray that those who are representing their respective seminaries with the parking decals or stickers would do the same. After all, we are supposed to be the future leadership of Christ’s bride, the church.